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Map of Iloilo with Miag-ao highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Miag-ao highlighted
Miagao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°39′N 122°14′E / 10.650°N 122.233°E / 10.650; 122.233Coordinates: 10°39′N 122°14′E / 10.650°N 122.233°E / 10.650; 122.233
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 1st district of Iloilo
Barangays 119
 • Mayor Dr. Macario N. Napulan
 • Total 156.80 km2 (60.54 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 64,545
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5023
Dialing code 33
Website www.miagao.gov.ph

Miagao (also written Miag-ao) is a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 64,545 people.[3] It is located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Iloilo City.

The town holds their patronal fiesta in honor of St. Thomas of Villanova (more commonly known as Sto. Tomas de Villanueva) every September 22 that lasts several days.


Miagao is politically subdivided into 119 barangays.[2]

  • Agdum
  • Aguiauan
  • Alimodias
  • Awang
  • Bacauan
  • Bacolod
  • Bagumbayan
  • Banbanan
  • Banga
  • Bangladan
  • Banuyao
  • Baraclayan
  • Bariri
  • Baybay Norte (Poblacion)
  • Baybay Sur (Poblacion)
  • Belen
  • Bolho (Poblacion)
  • Bolocaue
  • Buenavista Norte
  • Buenavista Sur
  • Bugtong Lumangan
  • Bugtong Naulid
  • Cabalaunan
  • Cabangcalan
  • Cabunotan
  • Cadoldolan
  • Cagbang
  • Caitib
  • Calagtangan
  • Calampitao
  • Cavite
  • Cawayanan
  • Cubay
  • Cubay Ubos
  • Dalije
  • Damilisan
  • Dawog
  • Diday
  • Dingle
  • Durog
  • Frantilla
  • Fundacion
  • Gines
  • Guibongan
  • Igbita
  • Igbugo
  • Igcabidio
  • Igcabito-on
  • Igcatambor
  • Igdalaquit
  • Igdulaca
  • Igpajo
  • Igpandan
  • Igpuro
  • Igpuro-Bariri
  • Igsoligue
  • Igtuba
  • Ilog-ilog
  • Indag-an
  • Kirayan Norte
  • Kirayan Sur
  • Kirayan Tacas
  • La Consolacion
  • Lacadon
  • Lanutan
  • Lumangan
  • Mabayan
  • Maduyo
  • Malagyan
  • Mambatad
  • Maninila
  • Maricolcol
  • Maringyan
  • Mat-y (Poblacion)
  • Matalngon
  • Naclub
  • Nam-o Sur
  • Nam-o Norte
  • Narat-an
  • Narorogan
  • Naulid
  • Olango
  • Ongyod
  • Onop
  • Oya-oy
  • Oyungan
  • Palaca
  • Paro-on
  • Potrido
  • Pudpud
  • Pungtod Monteclaro
  • Pungtod Naulid
  • Sag-on
  • San Fernando
  • San Jose
  • San Rafael
  • Sapa (Miagao)
  • Saring
  • Sibucao
  • Taal
  • Tabunacan
  • Tacas (Poblacion)
  • Tambong
  • Tan-agan
  • Tatoy
  • Ticdalan
  • Tig-amaga
  • Tig-Apog-Apog
  • Tigbagacay
  • Tiglawa
  • Tigmalapad
  • Tigmarabo
  • To-og
  • Tugura-ao
  • Tumagboc
  • Ubos Ilawod (Poblacion)
  • Ubos Ilaya (Poblacion)
  • Valencia
  • Wayang


This remote location of Miagao helped the town defend itself from the frequent raids by Moro pirates in the 16th to 19th century that plagued many neighboring towns and caused whole town-centers to relocate towards Iloilo City. Thus, Miagao and its surrounding area grew without hindrance and with little outside influence.


Population census of Miagao
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 51,738 —    
1995 52,276 +0.21%
2000 57,092 +1.78%
2007 60,498 +0.83%
2010 64,545 +2.18%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


The Miagao Church

Miag-ao Church[edit]

Main article: Miagao Church

The Miagao Church, or Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.

The central feature of the bas-relief facade is a large coconut tree which reaches almost to the apex. While an integral part of the Philippine landscape, the coconut tree is also the subject of lore. According to an old Philippine legend, the coconut tree was the only bequest from a loving mother to her two children, a tree which sustained them for life. On the church's facade the coconut tree appears as the "tree of life" to which St. Christopher carrying the Child Jesus on his shoulder is clinging to. The lesser facades feature the daily life of Miagaowanons during the time. Also depicted are other native flora and fauna, as well as native dress.

The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miagao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.

University of the Philippines Visayas[edit]

The Miagao campus of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) spreads out over 12 km² on the outskirts of the town proper. This is the main campus of UPV and includes the UP College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) which focuses on marine science, aquaculture, fish processing, natural products development, and post-harvest/food science. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Thailand and Cambodia sent exchange students to the school to study fish and rice production, and after graduating returned home where they began out-producing and out-exporting the Philippines in these commodities.

The said campus is also home to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the School of Technology (SoTech).


  • DYUP-FM 102.7
  • DYUP-AM 873
  • Hot-FM Miag-ao
  • Falconite – FM/AM Miagao

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Iloilo". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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